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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Conviction Kitchen

Yes, we know Gordon Ramsay is a hard man, or at least he presents himself as one. But how tough would he be at Marc Thuet's restaurant? Thuet, no shrinking violet himself, is opening a new, high-end restaurant in Toronto with wife and partner Biana Zorich. The twist is that the duo is staffing the boîte with 24 ex-convicts, none of whom seemed to take any cooking classes while in the slammer.
September 30, 2009


Yes, we know Gordon Ramsay is a hard man, or at least he presents himself as one. But how tough would he be at Marc Thuet’s restaurant? Thuet, no shrinking violet himself, is opening a new, high-end restaurant in Toronto with wife and partner Biana Zorich. The twist is that the duo is staffing the boîte with 24 ex-convicts, none of whom seemed to take any cooking classes while in the slammer. The restaurant managers have three weeks to whip the ex-cons into ship shape for opening night, and then a scant three months to turn a profit (a bit of a challenge, considering most new restaurants fail within three years of opening). Conviction Kitchen provides a clever take on the ‘chaos in the kitchen’ conceit and while we’ve probably all seen our share of frazzled wannabe cooks cussing in the kitchen, for some reason it still makes for fun TV.
Partners: Cineflix (Dinners) Inc. with Rogers (Canada), distributed by Cineflix International
Length: 8 x 60 minutes
Aired: September 2009 (Citytv)
Rights available: Worldwide excluding Canada

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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